How to Prepare for the GMAT

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The effective preparation is half the battle won – this famous proverb sums up the importance of an effective preparation strategy for every task or challenge in life. The GMAT is no different and success in this test is a product of a well-designed preparation plan and effective implementation of that plan.

Here is ‘How to prepare for the GMAT’: a simple and effective plan to start your GMAT preparation.

Understand the test structure and the format

A clear understanding of the test format, structure, and related requirements will go a long way in setting up the required action plan, so the importance of this step should not be underestimated.  Go to the official website for the GMAT, and know the demands of the test. Other than the concepts tested on the GMAT, you must have a clear understanding of the scoring process and the adaptive feature of the test.

Take a diagnostic test

Before gearing up for the GMAT, take a diagnostic test and assess your strengths and weaknesses. This full-length GMAT diagnostic test will help you understand the real test conditions and the score obtained will act as a benchmark on the basis of which you can evaluate your performance in the future. Unless you know your initial level, you will not be able to gauge how effective your GMAT preparation plan is. You can schedule an appointment for the GMAT online diagnostic test by calling at a Manya – Princeton Review center near you. Find a practice GMAT Test near you here.

Get the resources in place

Undoubtedly, there is no dearth of GMAT preparation material online as well as offline but remember, the quality of study material will, to a great extent, decide the improvement in your scores.  GMAT preparation material should be well researched, updated as per the latest trends, and must provide you with a mix of content matched to the real exam and required test-taking strategies. GMAT Official Guide is one of the top recommendations as it comes from the makers of the test and has a good pool of questions with detailed explanations.  

Work on fundamentals and basic concepts

A thorough analysis of your diagnostic test will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses and will help in laying out an effective study plan. You may need to hone your reading skills for Reading Comprehension, review fundamental math skills such as algebra or probability, and revise grammar rules tested on the GMAT. Your GMAT prep plan should help fill the gaps in your knowledge and must incorporate not just practice questions but also online drills and timed tests.

Learn techniques and strategies that would help you score better

It’s not just enough to learn the fundamentals and the basics, you must also learn some techniques and strategies — such as the ones taught in our courses — that would help you score better. It’s important to use these techniques and strategies while practicing solving questions while taking practice tests, and while taking the real test.

Take tests regularly

Other than the concepts in Verbal and Math, you also need to prepare yourself for effective test-taking. Time management, pacing and test-taking strategies must be worked upon to ensure improvement in score. Set tangible goals and markers, take simulated tests and evaluate your performance periodically.

Learn how to manage stress

While one way to manage stress is to prepare well, there are other ways such as simple breathing exercises that also can help you manage stress while taking the test.

The GMAT is definitely not an easy test but an effective prep plan will prepare you for the challenges of the test and will take you closer to your dream score. So, set up your prep plan now and get ready to nail the test.

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FAQ's

Is GMAT paper-based?

The GMAT exam is not paper-based. It is a completely online exam and is adaptive. You can choose to take the exam at a nearby test centre or take the exam online from the comfort of your own home. To view the list of test centres, to check the exam time slots available in each test centre, or to check the system/room requirements for taking the test at home, visit mba.com.

Is the GMAT exam tough?

The GMAT is a standardized test. This means that the types of questions, duration of sections and the content tested are all predictable and standardized. The content on the test includes high school-level math and verbal reasoning concepts. The types of questions and time available for each question make GMAT competitive. Once you understand the basics of the concepts tested and practice in a smart way using reliable material, you can do well on the GMAT.

How can I prepare for the GMAT online?

There are many options available for online GMAT courses. If you can prepare by yourself, you can choose a self-preparation course. If you require trainer support, then you can choose between attending online classes or selecting a separate tutor for yourself. At Manya, you also have the option to choose a blended program involving both self-prep and trainer support.

Can I crack the GMAT exam in 1 month?

The GMAT is a standardized test. This means that the types of questions, duration of sections and the content tested are all predictable and standardized. Depending on your initial starting score and target score, it may be possible to “crack” the GMAT in a month with efficient practice and reliable material. However, if your current score is very low and/or your target score is high, then more time and effort will be required.

How long should I study to prepare for the GMAT?

Ideally, a student should study for at least 3 to 4 hours every day for the GMAT preparation. However, if you are a working professional or a college student and do not have much time during the weekdays, you may start by giving 2 hours per day to the GMAT preparation during the weekdays and more time during the weekends when you are relatively free.

Which is the best online GMAT course available?

Manya Princeton Review offers well-researched content and practice material, experienced trainers and proven strategies and techniques – all of which have helped many students ace the GMAT.

GMAC, the owners of the GMAT also provide free sample questions and paid practice material on its website mba.com.

Do schools like Harvard prefer GMAT or GRE?

Many universities prefer the GMAT over the GRE for MBA program applications, though a GRE score is also acceptable. Both GRE and GMAT scores are accepted for many Master’s programs all around the world. For competitive programs, other parts of your application such as your resume, essays, letters of recommendation, academic transcripts, etc. are also very important.